I’ve had a few people searching for ‘homekill services’ and arriving at Meateaters.co.nz. As someone interested in sourcing cheap but great quality meat directly from the source (e.g a farmer) I figured it would be sensible to see what regulations governed this activity. (Picture from Flickr)
According to the New Zealand Food Safety Authority you can homekill an animal if:
- you are an animal owner who is actively engaged in the day-to-day maintenance of the animal, or animals of the same kind, for a period of at least 28 days
- Such owners may kill and process the animal themselves on their own property (includes property leased, or where there is other legal right to occupy or use the property), or they may have the animal killed or processed by a listed homekill or recreational catch service provider on the service provider’s premises or place or the animal owner’s own property.
- Homekill product is for the use or consumption of the animal owner including his or her family or household and must not be traded (although interestingly ‘family’ is not intended to include extended family living elsewhere)
So this means that I can’t ring up my farming friend Steve in Waipukurau, and buy a cattle beast off him then arrange to have it homekilled on his property because I wasn’t directly involved in the rearing, care and maintenance of the animal, nor am I an employee of or related to Steve. If I enter into an arrangement to do this then both myself and the farmer could each be liable for a $75,000 fine. That’s a very high price per kg!
The only way around this I guess is to buy a lamb and put it in your backyard for 28 days. But you’d need to check the city bylaws to see if this was a permitted activity. Wellington bylaws appear to allow animals in your back yard as long as you can provide adequate food and shelter and the animal does not constitute a nuisance to your neighbours.